15th Sunday

After Pentecost

September 13, 2020

 At Home Worship Guide

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“God! When Human Bonds Are Broken”  (spoken)                      


1.  God! When human bonds are broken

and we lack the love or skill

to restore the hope of healing,

give us grace and make us still.

2.  Through that stillness, with your Spirit

come into our world of stress,

for the sake of Christ forgiving

all the failures we confess.

3.  You in us are bruised and broken:

hear us as we seek release

     from the pain of earlier living;

set us free and grant us peace.    


WOV  #735  


(All stand and face the baptismal font) 


In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

In peace, in peace let us pray to the Lord. 

Lord, have mercy.  ...

 After each petition (ending, “let us pray to the Lord”),

all say: Lord, have mercy.

... Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.  Amen.



 Forgiving God, grant us pardon in your Son, that cleansed from our sins,  we may be at peace with you, with ourselves, and with all. Amen.


   Gracious God, in your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things done and left undone. Uphold us by your Spirit,  so that we may live and serve you in newness of life, to the honor  and glory of your holy name;  through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


  Almighty God has had mercy on you, and forgives you all your sins   through our Lord Jesus Christ. Let the power of his Spirit within you now strengthen you in all goodness and keep you in eternal life.  Amen.



“God! When Human Bonds Are Broken” 

4.  Send us, God of new beginnings,

humbly hopeful into life.

Use us as a means of blessing:

make us stronger, give us faith.

5.  Give us faith to be more faithful,

give us hope to be more true,

give us love to go on learning:  

God! Encourage and renew!  

PRAYER OF THE DAY  (All: “Amen.”)  





Genesis 50:15-21

When Joseph’s brothers saw their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?” So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died: ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept.


His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said. But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God?  You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.     


Romans 14:1-12 

Accept those whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable

matters.  One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables.   The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them.  Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.

One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.   For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone.   If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.  For this reason, Christ died and returned to life – so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.


Why, then, do you judge each other, or treat them with contempt?  For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.  It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’

 says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me;  every tongue will acknowledge God.’”   So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.

GRADUAL  (spoken by all:)    

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!    How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!  For from him and through him and to him are all things.  To him be the glory forever! Amen.                                  


(Rom. 11:33, 36)


Matthew 18: 15-20, 21-35         (Stand)

[Jesus:] "If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.' If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector. I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will

be loosed in heaven.  Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." 


Then Peter came and asked Jesus, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.


“The kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. The servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged,

‘and I will pay back everything.’  The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.  His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’ But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened. Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to.  Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.      This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.”


Pastor Dan Kowert ,

Lutheran Church of the Living Christ


“Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive”


“Forgive our sins as we forgive,” you taught us, Lord, to pray;

But you alone can grant us grace to live the words we say.


How can your pardon reach and bless the unforgiving heart

That broods on wrongs and will not let old bitterness depart?


In blazing light your cross reveals the truth we dimly knew;

What trivial debts are owed to us, how great our debt to you!


Lord, cleanse the depths within our souls and bid resentment cease;

Then, bound to all in bonds of love, our lives will spread your peace.



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The service of the Sacrament is not included in the on line worship


(After each petition, all say, “Hear our prayer!”)


(spoken together)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.


Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.


For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever.



“Thankful Hearts”

(Music:  WOV,  p. 27)   


  Thankful hearts and voices raise;

tell ev’ryone what God has done.

  Let all who seek the Lord rejoice

and bear Christ’s holy name! 

  Send us, O God, with your promises,

and lead us forth in joy,

  with shouts of thanksgiving. 

Alleluia, alleluia!


(All: “Amen.”)


tune: Detroit


Forth in the peace of Christ we go;

Christ to the world with joy we bring;      

Christ in our minds and on our lips,

Christ in our hearts, the world's true King.


Christ's are our lips, his word we speak; 

Disciples we whose deeds proclaim
His truth in love that we may be 

Christ in the world, to spread Christ's name.

We are the Church; Christ bids us show 

that in his Church all nations find

Their hope and home where Christ restores  

true peace, true love, to humankind.



“Go in peace, serve the Lord!"


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